SPHS [3]

Updated on April 27, 2019

Saya U Soe Paing (SPHS56, EE, UCC) wrote :

From the 7th standard to Matriculation I remember the following:

Saya Ba Myaing (Physics), Saya Tun Shwe and Saya Sein (Burmese), Bro
Hubert (Chemistry), Bro Felix, Bro Charles, and Bro Gerald (English).
Mr Machado and Saya Dawson (Math), Mr Barker and Mr Illife (Physics).

Editor’s Notes:

The Paing siblings — Dr. Myo Paing (SPHS54), U Soe Paing (SPHS56), U Win Paing (Sayadaw U Wara, SPHS64) and U Kyaw Paing — attended SPHS.

U Aung Win (Owen) wrote :

I read many articles about the old staff of SPHS but I never came across anyone mentioning Bro. Charles. During our KG days in SP, we had one Bro. Charles, if you all remember him. He was a very kind-hearted Bro. and he loved the school kids and treated us well. Whatever happened to him, I wonder, after we left SPHS.

Owen Khoo (Aung Win, M71, SPHS 1953 – 1957)

Editor’s notes :

  • Three siblings — U Than Win (Alan Khoo, SPHS54), U Kyi Win (Eddie Khoo, SPHS57) and U Aung Win (Owen Khoo) — attended SPHS. Owen also attended Darjeeling.
  • I joined SPHS in Std. IV.
  • I do not know the sayas and sayamas who taught KG and Stds I – III.
  • Boarders can add the names of the Brothers and sayas that I have missed.
  • Brother Benedict (who taught a younger class) was a good soccer player.
  • Brother Gerald was the SPHS Band Master. He often rode a horse.
  • There was a Brother in charge of the SPHS Book Shop, and several Brothers in charge of the Boarders.
  • Some Brothers went on “rotation duty” to St. Peter’s (Mandalay), St. Albert’s (Maymyo), St. Patrick’s (Moulmein), …

Brother Clementian

Brother Clementian “retired” as Brother Director, but kept on teaching Mathematics until he passed away. The funeral cortege spanned from SPHS to Tamwe Christian Cemetery. Some cars had not left SPHS when the service began at the Cemetery.

Brother Austin

In addition to having a class library, Brother Austin (our Class teacher for Std. X A, “the carrot”) would take us to the SPHS library (with books donated by Ford Foundation, Asia Foundation …). Everyone has to borrow a book and write a critique. In addition to teaching English, he also taught the “Morals and Manners” class. Anyone who can recite the selected poems is free to “skip the remainder of the class”. The top reciters were rewarded: an 8 mm movie of a soccer match from UK, or a ticket to “1960 Rome Olympics” (special show at Thamada Cinema). He abhors plagiarism and unprofessional work. “Don’t waste my time and your time”. After nationalization, he moved to Malaysia to continue teaching at a De La Salle School.

Brother Xavier

Brother Xavier (our Class Teacher for Std IX A, and English teacher for Std VIII and IX, “the stick”) would penalize students for making grammatical mistakes. For the dictation test, he would start with 100 marks and then subtract 10 marks for each mistake. A classmate ended with -230 (minus 230) marks shown “in red” in his report card. According to Ko Zaw Min, Brother Xavier would not continue his “brash style” at St. Albert’s. After nationalization, he moved to UK and supposedly “left the order”.

Brother Felix

Brother Felix moved back to Germany. He had e-mail communications with some Old Paulians (notably Richard G. Boudville, Australia, son of Sayama V. Boudville).

Two Sibling Brothers

  • After nationalization, the native Brothers remained in Burma.
  • Brother Joseph decided to become Father Joseph.
  • His younger brother remained Brother Anthony and was one of the “senior sayas” at SPHS Saya Pu Zaw Pwes along with Saya U San Thein and Saya Beatson.


  • Saya George Chapman published notes for English.
  • Saya U Htay Myint (Patheda) published notes for History.

Some notable Paulians

Sayagyi U Ba Khin stood first in his Matriculation class. He is known as an outstanding Vissapana teacher. His dhamma lineage starts with Ledi Sayadaw and Saya Thet. His dhamma students include Saya S. N. Goenka.

ICS U Tin Tut, Dr. Ba Han, Dr, Ba Maw, and U Chan Tun are Old Paulians.

According to Dr. Win Aung (M62), his father Saya C. Ping Lee (EE, GBNF) was a Paulian and a student of Saya U Than Aung (father of Saya Alphonso [Mg Nge, Mg Aung] and Charlie [Ko Cho]). When U Than Aung became Minister of Education in the AFPFL Government, he recruited his former student Saya C. Ping Lee to head the Technical & Vocational Department.

Saya Pu Zaw Pwes

After nationalization, SPHS became No. (6) SHS Botathaung.

There are two SPZPs: one for the “Paulians” and another for SHS(6).

Some (e.g. Eddie Ba Oo [Tin Aung Moe]) who were in the lower classes when SPHS was nationalized would attend both gatherings.

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